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Broadband providers prep for multiplayer Xbox service

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A total of 13 US and Canadian broadband service providers are the first to publicly support the "Xbox Compatible" program, an initiative designed to make it easy for gamers to experience the forthcoming multiplayer Xbox Live service. The current list of North American broadband service providers that will support Xbox Compatible include Bell Canada, BellSouth Corp.

T-Mobile takes flight

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Before airline passengers go up, up and away on their next business trip, T-Mobile will be providing passengers on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines high-speed wireless Internet access. Over the next year, T-Mobile plans to add its Wi-Fi HotSpot service to roughly 100 of the airlines' most frequented clubs and lounges.

ADC settles patent suit

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

ADC has declared victory in its patent infringement suit against PCI Technologies. ADC filed suit against PCI Technologies alleging that certain PCI MAXNET modules infringe on U.S. patent No. 6,289,210 B1, which relates to "an improved RF circuit module." ADC makes and sells those modules under the RFWorx brand.


TV Linux Alliance bows spec

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than 18 months after coming together to define a standards-based Linux environment for the digital set-top box market, the TV Linux Alliance has released its first specification. The initial specification, version 0.8, provides developers with basic functionality for tuner level and device definitions, and standardized application programming interface functions for those devices, accordin...

Time Warner VOD surfs into San Diego

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Time Warner Cable is rolling out a smattering of video-on-demand services in San Diego with the help of VOD equipment vendor Concurrent Computer Corp. Using Concurrent's MediaHawk 3000 VOD system, TWC's 200,000 customers in San Diego and Coronado, Calif. will have access to movies-on-demand (MOD), subscription VOD, and free-on-demand (FOD).

Verizon expands bundled services offering

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Verizon Communications is trying to tempt customers with lower bills if they agree to subscribe to more services, including high-speed Internet access. The communications company is rolling out its bundled service package, dubbed Veriations, in six new states, including Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Cox, Motorola launch retail set-top program in Hampton Roads

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Taking a step closer toward the promise of retail-ready digital cable boxes, Cox Communications said two consumer electronics dealers in the Hampton Roads, Va. area are making Motorola Broadband 's new DCP501 Home Theater System available in their retail showrooms. The DCP501 features a DVD/CD/MP3 player, a digital audio/video receiver and a digital receiver that can tune digital cable channels...

Midstream tackles legacy VOD networks

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In what could be considered a shot across the bow at incumbent video server vendors, video-on-demand start-up Midstream Technologies said it has successfully integrated its IP2160 server into a functioning legacy VOD network. Midstream didn't disclose the location of that network or the incumbent video server provider, but the company did note that it used Time Warner Cable's Interactive Servic...


Cabler embraces remote access service

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Following in the footsteps of its competitors, Cablevision Systems Corp. is unleashing a remote access service that will enable its cable modem customers to stay connected via dial-up anywhere in the United States. Cablevision has introduced Optimum Traveler to enable its Optimum Online high-speed Internet subscribers to have access to the Internet and e-mail via a dial-up connection when they ...

Subs up at Cox, EarthLink

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Quarterly sales at both Cox Communications Inc. and EarthLink Inc. got a boost by a gain in high-speed subscribers. Cox posted third-quarter revenue of $1.28 billion, an 18 percent increase over the $1.08 billion posted a year ago. During the quarter, the company added 157,300 high-speed Internet customers, 71,900 digital cable subscribers and 73,000 cable telephony users.

Tut snaps up

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to strengthen its presence in the digital video market, Tut Systems Inc. has made a play for Tektronix subsidiary The combined company will offer telecom service providers digital headend and high-capacity digital video switching products. "By partnering together, Tut and VideoTele.

SeaChange software targets DVD-on-Demand

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SeaChange International has introduced a new software application that aims to add DVD functionality to everyday digital cable set-tops. The patent-pending application, part of SeaChange's VODlink software suite, was developed and built by Digital Video Arts, a SeaChange software developer division that provides client integration and integration with other applications such as interactive prog...

AM scores engineering contract

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

AM Broadband Services Inc. has landed a national engineering contract that will bring in more than $12 million in revenue over the next 2 years, according to the company. A leading cable operator has tapped AM for nationwide design map digitization and conversion services. Although AM did not reveal the name of its customer, it categorizes the company as "one of the leading" MSOs.

Fritzley joins Microsoft TV

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Tim Fritzley, most recently the president and CEO of CEON Corp., has joined Microsoft TV as the company's vice president and services. In his new role, Fritzley will oversee all sales, business development and customer support activities for the Microsoft TV division, and will be a point of contact with network operators.

Write-down by Qwest grows to $40.8 billion

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Andrew Backover | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…10/29/2002 From LexisNexis Local phone company Qwest Communications International Inc., attempting to cleanse its image and its books, said Monday that it will take a write-down of $40.8 billion and defer $531 million in revenue it booked prematurely in 2000 and 2001.



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